Incorporating positive and healthy habits into your daily routine can be a challenge, but having a dog by your side can make it easier. Studies show that less than a quarter of individuals who begin an exercise regimen continue it for longer than a month. However, dog owners who frequently walk their furry companions have a 25% lower chance of being overweight in comparison to those without dogs. The presence of your faithful companion, eagerly awaiting your return, makes it harder to miss a workout session.
Exercising with a dog can be an effective way to improve your health. Frank Wisneski, a resident of West Covina, California, started smoking at a young age and had been smoking for 27 years when he had a heart attack at the age of 38. He weighed 215 pounds at the time. This event prompted him to quit smoking, and a few months later, he adopted a dog named Major, a black Labrador Retriever. From then on, Major became his primary exercise partner and they run 4-5 miles every weekday morning before Frank goes to work. On weekends, they hit the trails around a local lake and run up to 16 miles a day. Frank now weighs 180 pounds and has completed five marathons and he credits his good health to his dog. Dogs make great exercise partners because they don’t care about the weather, time or their schedule and are always ready to go. Studies have shown that the physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of exercise are similar for humans and dogs. It’s important to consult a veterinarian before starting an exercise program with your dog.